Creative Placemaking Update 6/18

There's plenty going on in town, but Sunday June 24th is special. Come see the result of hard work, research, and collaboration between various Walnut Hills institutions and discuss the importance of the historic black-owned businesses in Walnut Hills. 

"Change is coming to Lincoln and Gilbert, though, and Johnson wants Walnut Hills neighbors to know more about their past in order to spark discussions about their future. The redevelopment foundation bought property at the intersection last fall to make way for residences and retail. Some structures have already been razed, but a crumbling cinder block building has been left standing in hopes of filling its half-dozen storefronts again.

'We could have just slapped up a mural, made the building look pretty,' says Creekmore, founder of Eye Candy creative agency in Over-the-Rhine. Instead, she and partner Neal embraced the site’s grittiness and let the historical ads guide their typography-driven design and decision to use paper and paste. 'I love the way the art looks because it’s not perfect,' Creekmore says. She walks past silhouettes of a chandelier, apothecary vials, vegetables and bouquets to her favorite section of the block-long installation. It reads: 'When royalty came to town, they used to stay at the Manse Hotel.' The tribute to the black-owned lodging at 1008 Chapel St. ripples over uneven layers of plywood, siding and concrete in a retro typeface that alternates between block letters and cursive. The presentation is elegant and proud, yet something not quite right nags at the viewer." - excerpt from this CityBeat article from Jun 12, 2018

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month...

you can get your bicycle repaired outside of the old Kroger lot in Walnut Hills! Wheelhouse Cincy says it best:

Our Mission is to build a strong and diverse bicycling community through outreach, education, upcycled bike sales and service. Our Vision is a Cincinnati where bicycle riders of all types experience the safety, freedom, and joy of going wherever they want, whenever they want, with support and community all around them. We are seeking donations of quality, used bicycles which we will then repair and sell. We will be offering reliable service and repairs, as well as training in bicycle safety, maintenance, and repair. We hope to demonstrate that Walnut Hills is one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the Cincinnati area!"

Visit their facebook here, otherwise show up June 23rd / July 14th to see it for yourself!